New REELZFest Music Documentary Explores Metallica's Rise To Global Superstardom

This year’s REELZFest Rock Doc festival spotlights heavy metal heroes, Metallica.

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With a combined fortune of 900 million dollars and longevity spanning four decades, Metallica is one of the biggest selling heavy metal bands in history.

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Their 1991 multi-platinum album Metallica, also known as The Black Album for its packaging, changed the course of heavy metal and rocketed the quartet from the Bay Area of California to global superstardom with hits like “Enter Sandman” and “Nothing Else Matters.”

metallica the rise to global superstardom in reelzfest music documentary
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At the time it was recorded, the album’s songs were written mainly by frontman James Hetfield and drummer Lars Ulrich. The duo frequently composed together at Ulrich's home in Berkely, CA.

But it hasn’t always been an easy road. Struggles with aggression, jealousy, alcohol abuse and the death of a bassist and founding band member Cliff Burton, in 1986, plunged the band in and out of darkness.

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Still, Metallica continues to thrive. Breaking the Band: Metallica reveals the inside story of the trials and tribulations of one of the biggest, baddest metal bands on earth. Series narrated by Dee Snider.

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Meanwhile, loyal fans of Metallica can catch them on the road this fall. The band are set to play Louder Than Life at Highland Festival Grounds in Louisville on September 24th and 26th, Aftershock at Discovery Park in Sacramento on October 8th and 10th, and Welcome to Rockville at the Daytona International Speedway on November 12th and 14th.

Metallica will also play at the Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida, on November 4 before they head overseas.

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There is much more to learn as Metallica: Breaking the Band premieres on REELZFest, Sunday August 29th at 8ET/PT on REELZ.

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